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Title:Facing the Challenge of 'Young Africa': Apartheid, South Africa and British Decolonisation
Author:Skinner, RobISNI
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic terms:South Africa
Great Britain
Subjects:anti-apartheid resistance
Anglican Church
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
About persons:Michael Scott (1907-1983)ISNI
Lewis John Collins (1905-1982)ISNI
Ernest Urban Trevor Huddleston (1913-1998)ISNI
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02582470509464898
Abstract:This paper examines the emergence of anti-apartheid activism in Britain during the 1950s, and suggests that a historical assessment of this developing critique of apartheid - with its central theme of solidarity with the African nationalist cause - must give centre stage to the operation of moral debate in politics. Anti-apartheid activism centred upon a struggle between rights-centred morality and racially-ordered immorality, a fundamental element of the language of decolonization. The paper focuses on a small number of 'turbulent' Anglican priests. Through an examination of the interconnected careers of Michael Scott, John Collins and Trevor Huddleston the paper outlines the salient points of a developing debate around apartheid within the Anglican Church, and the relationship between that debate and wider public criticism of racial injustice in South Africa. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]